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Trail and Error Season 2 – The Murder Board is Back!

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Despite it’s name sake, there is not a whole lot of trial and error when it comes to the consistent quality of this NBC Comedy.

This show had me laughing throughout the whole journey of young, big city outsider Josh and his team of misfits attempting to prove the innocence of a suspected wife killer and “rollerciser”. This holds true in the first two episodes of it’s second season “Trial and Error: Lady Killer”. Last season left us with big roller skates to fill. John Lithgow gave an amazing performance as the eccentric, lovable, and questionably innocent defendant Larry Henderson.

The comedy of last season was based on how terrible of a client Larry was for Josh and how the deck stacked against them just kept getting higher. Season two makes the brilliant move to flip the script and give Josh a Client that could not look more guilty but is beloved by the town. And who do they get to play a character loved by the masses. Why it is the actress loved by the masses Kristen Chenoweth.

TRIAL & ERROR: LADY, KILLER — “The Suitcase” Episode 201 — Pictured: Kristin Chenoweth as Lavinia Peck-Foster — (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)

In my opinion, Chenoweth should be put on trial for multiple murders because she absolutely kills every scene she is in. The rest of the team are back and are in top form as well. Sherri Shepherd as the quirky Ann Flatch is back with even more bizarre medical conditions including Jumping Frenchmen of Maine disorder and spontaneous human combustion! Steven Boyer’s Dwayne Reed is back in uniform and is terrifyingly funny in his ignorance of the law and how it applies to him. And let’s not forget about our “North Eastern” hero Josh Segal, who is our audience avatar as we navigate amusingly insane town of East Peck. Nicholas D’Agosto continues to be pitch perfect in the role and wears a face of befuddlement like Kristen Chenoweth wears her immaculate wardrobe.

The beginning of the season has already introduced us to great new concepts to mine some comedy from like “M Town”, an S Town analogue that is following the trial and could throw a monkey wrench into the defense at any point. My personal favorite gag is the East Peck Lady Laws which are decades old, misogynistic laws that are parody of some of the more ridiculous laws that are still in place around the country today. This is writer/creator Jeff Astrof’s first attempt at the mockumentry style and he takes to it like a duck to water. The writing is still as on point as in the first season and the actors only get better as the get more comfortable in their roles. You will be blown away by how many of the events of these episodes are actually hinted at in the course of the previous season. It gives a real sense that the show knows where it’s going and has much more in store for not only this season but hopefully many more to come.

All in all, This show is blast and every episode will leave you wanting the next one immediately. Do yourself a favor and catch up on the first season any way you can and start chanting “Murder Board” with the rest of us!

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2

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A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!

It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.

Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.

Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.

Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!

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Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!  

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If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one! 

Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive! 

So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise. 

Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party. 

The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe! 

Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now! 

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